Thursday, June 28, 2012

Roses After The Rain

Some roses decided to bloom during Tropical Storm Debby.  I ran out between rain bands and took pictures since most of these blooms would soon be blown to bits by wind and heavy rain.

'White Out'  

'Belinda's Dream'

'Louis Philippe'

'Julia Child'

I am still amazed that my roses are doing so well.  They get a haircut and compost in February, and a monthly application of Mills Magic rose food.  During the dry season I hand water them about twice a week.  A drip irrigation system is on my wish list.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Up Close

After a few days of rain, I found some blooms I just couldn't resist spotlighting with some close-up photography.

Brazilian Plume, Justicia carnea, is a deep shade blooming small shrub that has been blooming off and on since March.  

The Zebra Longwings have been all over the Shiny Leaved Wild Coffee, Psychotria nervosa.  It is so nice to see these butterflies back in large numbers once again.  

False Cardamom Ginger, Alpinia nutans, doesn't look much different from the Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet, I have in a more sunny location.  Hmmm....

The Rain Lilies, Zephyranthes, have multiplied and are putting on the best show since I planted them two years ago.  

The raindrops are still on the roses my sweet husband brought me for our anniversary.  This is a thornless, compact floribunda named, Smooth Buttercup.  I'm hoping it will do well in my no-spray rose garden.  It sure is beautiful and full of buds and blooms.